Tracy GrandstaffSenior Vice PresidentNBC Entertainment Marketing Bio
Tracy GrandstaffSenior Vice President
NBC Entertainment Marketing
Tracy J. Grandstaff is the Senior Vice President, Creative Director, Original Productions, NBC Entertainment Marketing. She’s earned a reputation for being able to connect the forces of good and evil–good creative thinkers within a collaborative, empowering environment that fosters innovative breakthrough promotion.
Over the past six years, she’s co-conspired with her team to develop shoot campaigns for “The Voice” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, “America’s Got Talent”, “World Of Dance”, “This Is Us”, “The Wiz” and the epic reimagining of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
Tracy also oversees shoot campaigns each year for numerous NBC specials including The Golden Globe Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Billboard Music Awards and stylized network brand and show promotion designed for The Olympics and Super Bowl. Standout campaigns this year include The Voice’s “Porch Song” Super Bowl spot and a tribute to Prince featuring NBC talent directed by Spike Lee.
Prior to joining NBC, Tracy was Vice President, Creative Director for Comedy Central overseeing launches for “Key & Peele”, “Tosh.O”, “The Colbert Report”, “The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Reno 911!” and “The Chappelle Show”.
Tracy spent her formative years writing, directing and doing voiceover work with MTV Networks, Nickelodeon on-air promos and programming including The Video Music Awards and “Beavis & Butt-Head”.
She’s also known for her work as the voice of MTV’s “Daria”.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Tracy served as a board member for New York Women In Film & Television, and has won numerous PromaxBDA, Telly, Cine, Clio and the legendary Cable Ace Awards throughout her career.
Tasia ValenzaVoiceover Artist Bio
Tasia ValenzaVoiceover Artist
Tasia Valenza is an Emmy nominated actress, “Giving Great Voice Coach” and has been one of the top female voiceover talents for the past twenty years.
Born and raised in NYC, Tasia started her acting career in her teens when she was discovered by the late director Louie Malle staring opposite Sean Penn in “Crackers”
She went on to earn Emmy nomination for her work playing the role of Dottie Thornton on All My Children. Tasia starred and guest starred in feature films and television shows such as; The Heights (Jodie Abramowitz), Glitz,(Iris) Rappin’ (Dixie), and more.
Tasia soon discovered her passion for voiceover, and left the on camera world to become one the top female voiceover artists in the county.
Tasia is known for her range and versatility. In addition to voicing commercials, narration, promos, imaging, and political spots, Tasia is best known for voicing some of the most iconic female characters in video games and animated television shows. You’ve heard Tasia’s voice as the seductress Poison Ivy in the Batman: Arkham Series, the wise General Shaak Ti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the lone killer Sniper Wolf in the fan favorite Metal Gear Solid games, the rebellious Kalyio Djannis in Star Wars the Old Republic, and as one of the new computers for Star Trek Discovery (Fun Fact: Tasia was also one of the first Adult Vulcan)!
Tasia’s playful, fun energy combined with her years of voiceover and acting experience, as well as her collaborative spirit, make her a triple threat!
In the spirit of a true Jedi, Tasia deeply believes in the benefits of meditation and has co-created the Haven app. Haven is an affirmation mediation app offering ten minute guided meditations, voiced by Tasia, to help bring mindfulness and relaxation to your body and soul.
Tasia also believes in Giving Great Voice, and loves to lend her voice to various charities such as; Vocal Id , SOS Children’s Villages, The Wildlife Sanctuary and more.
Stephanie ThomasVoice Actor Bio
Stephanie ThomasVoice Actor
Stephanie Thomas is an actor with over a decade of experience as a voice actor and jingle singer. Voice acting for Stephanie is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. She has always been enamored by television commercials and it shows when she is in the booth. Over the years she has been featured in hundreds of campaigns for brands like:
Oil of Olay
Martini and Rossi
Her experience has taught her the value of continually training. She say’s “Training is as much of my job as booking sessions.” She began her career on the East Coast, while obtaining her graduate degree in Theater. Recently she re-located to Los Angeles and has turned her sites to adding video games and animation to her extensive repertoire. Winning That’s Voice Over Audition Spotlight contest in 2016 was a wonderful confirmation that after all these years she was still on the right path. “ Winning last year was my own personal “God Wink”. it came at the perfect time and served as a reminder to believe in myself, trust my gut, and be confident in my skills as a voice actor. As every voice actor can attest to, our industry keeps us humble, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the game, you have to study, and stay on top of trends, and focus on your goals when the phone isn’t ringing because we all know staring at a phone never makes it ring. I’m excited for this years contestants and honored for the opportunity to be a part of their voice acting journey.”
Born on January 30, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California, Scott Brick studied both acting and writing at UCLA, and joined the ranks of working professionals upon leaving school in 1989. He then spent ten years with the LA-based Will and Company, a traveling Shakespearean company which performed for schools throughout California, in addition to acting in such roles as Cyrano, Hamlet and Macbeth at various playhouses around the country.
Brick went on to become a freelance writer and published articles in magazines such as WIZARD, CREATIVE SCREENWRITING and TOYFARE.
In 2000, he was hired by Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment to adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science-fiction RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA for the big screen.
Also in 2000, Brick ventured into narrating audiobooks and quickly found himself embraced by the audio world. To date he’s won over 50 Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as two Audie Awards for his work on the DUNE saga. After recording 250 titles in his first five years, AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE named Brick “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy,” and proclaimed him a Golden Voice, but it was the WALL STREET JOURNAL that sealed the moniker with a front-page article in November, 2004. Having now recorded over 600 titles, including such classics as MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER, Brick has no intention of slowing down. He obviously won’t be happy until he’s recorded every book ever published.
Most recently, he collaborated with famed sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card to adapt a collection of Card’s short stories for the stage, which resulted in the play POSING AS PEOPLE. Brick also completed the production draft of RAMA, set to be directed by David Fincher (SEVEN, ZODIAC).
Brick just completed his first novel, a modern-day supernatural thriller based on an 18th-century murder in New England. No word on which celebrities will be asked to record the audiobook
Scot ChastainOwner, Principal Marketing Consultant 630 Marketing Bio
Scot ChastainOwner, Principal Marketing Consultant
Scot Chastain is an accomplished television marketing executive and proven leader with vast experience building effective, results-oriented teams that successfully deliver against company goals.
Chastain is currently owner and Principal Marketing Consultant for 630 Marketing. In this role he works with and consults many companies and agencies in the content, B-B, B-C and event marketing space.
Prior to 630 Marketing, as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Marketing and Development, NBC Television Network, Chastain led the achievements of this group for 19 years after joining the network in 1995. He managed the bi-coastal NBC Affiliate Marketing groups that develop and distribute all network marketing, sales and advertising materials for the 240+ affiliate and owned television stations. The groups’ efforts ensure promotion of the network across all prime, news, sports, Olympics, daytime, late night and Saturday morning dayparts on all local station on-air and digital platforms.
In addition, Chastain is well-versed on developing new business having identified and implemented numerous effective partnership projects between the network, affiliate stations and their respective ownership groups. Serving on the NBC Universal Marketing Council, a group composed of marketing leaders from all NBCUbusinesses, Chastain developed strategic plans and synergies for company-wide efforts that boosted affiliate sales marketing tactics, as well as, secured additional affiliate promotion for the network. He is the recipient of numerous NBC Universal “Ovation” Awards for Excellence.
Prior to joining NBC, Chastain worked on the local television station side of the business acting as Director of Marketing and Promotion at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, where he developed the station’s full graphics redesign rollout. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Senior Promotion Producer at the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, N.C., WXII-TV, credited with directing the station’s first-ever film promotion campaign before soon becoming the Interim Marketing Director. Before that, Chastain worked for 6 years at CBS affiliate KBTX-TV in Bryan, Texas serving a variety of roles including Production, Promotion and Operations Manager.
A visionary leader and mentor in his field, Chastain has served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of PromaxBDA, a marketing and design trade association. Elected to the board originally in 2005, he served as treasurer from 2007-2008, Vice Chair from 2009-2013 and for seven consecutive years, led the all-important Conference Committee. Chastain earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He currently resides in Simi Valley, California, with his wife and two teenage sons.
Ned LottProducerWalt Disney Studios Bio
Walt Disney Studios
Ned Lott has a wide range of voice directing and casting experience for animation. He was a Voice Director, Casting Director and Producer with the Walt Disney Studios on seven Studio Ghibli titles, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™ nominated theatrical release “Howl’s Moving Castle” starring Christian Bale. Other notable accomplishments include casting Liam Neeson as the voice of “Aslan” for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Ned also co-Produced and cast the English version of the 2014 Academy Award nominated Animated Feature “Ernest & Celestine” starring Forest Whitaker and Paul Giamatti. Ned spent years at Disney Character Voices, voice-directing and casting projects for “Cars”, “Monsters Inc.”, “The Incredibles”, “Kingdom Hearts” and many other Disney/Pixar projects. Ned has also voice-directed numerous projects for Warner Brothers including multiple “Lord of the Rings” projects and “The Lego Movie Video Game” with Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks. For recent television animated series work, Ned voice-directed multiple episodes for an upcoming Untitled Motown series for Netflix. On the International front, he voice-directed and cast animated features out of South Africa, Spain, Russia, France and China including dubbing the highest grossing Animated Feature ever created in China, “Monkey King: Hero is Back” starring Jackie Chan.
Marc GussCO-FOUNDERACM TALENT MANAGEMENT Bio
ACM TALENT MANAGEMENT
Marc approaches ACM with the same tradition, passion and skill he has demonstrated throughout his career as an agent by turning talent into multi-dimensional industry successes. Most recently an agent at William Morris Endeavor and Vice President for over a decade at the William Morris Agency, Marc has represented A-list celebrity and branded talent while negotiating deals for the most sought after voices in the world. Prior to William Morris, Marc created the first promo department at Abrams Artists Agency, had a celebrity agent apprenticeship with SEM&M’s Fred Schiffman, and worked at CESD, one of the industry’s top commercial talent agencies. Marc graduated from Syracuse University College of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York.
After graduating from Syracuse University’s College of Law, Marc was admitted to practice law in New York and immediately began working for CESD, one of the industry’s top commercial talent agencies. This was followed by an apprenticeship under Fred Schiffman, celebrity agent and president of the prestigious commercial talent agency, SEM&M. In less than six months, Marc was franchised there as an agent in the celebrity and sports department.
While at SEM&M, Marc was also certified as an NBA agent and pursued rising NBA stars for commercial endorsements. Marc was then brought into Abrams Artists, the New York talent agency, where he created the first voice-over promo department and also produced the agency’s first promo demo CD.
His big break came when the William Morris Agency was in search for an agent to create and lead their voice-over promo division in the New York commercial department. Just three years later, he was promoted to Vice President, where he was negotiating deals for the most sought-after voices in the world including Lauren Bacall, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Kevin Bacon, Jeremy Piven, Alfred Molina, Gillian Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Keith Jackson, Tony Roberts, Barry White, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tony Shalhoub, and John O’Hurley, among others.
In TV promos, he was responsible for negotiating network voice deals for HBO, TBS, MSNBC, Discovery, ESPN, EXTRA, the Olympics on NBC, and countless others. From WABC-TV New York to KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, Marc has represented prominent TV affiliate announcers from coast to coast. He has always been highly regarded as a “go-to” industry source for specialty branded voices including the voices of NFL Films, the Aflac duck, AOL’s “You’ve got mail”, Boxing’s “Let’s get ready to rumble”, the voice of Moviephone and other iconic voice talent.
In 2003, the William Morris scale commercial voice-over department in New York was restarted under Marc’s direction, where he oversaw scale and overscale national network commercial voice-over campaigns ranging from General Motors and Ford, to AFLAC, Samsung, Campbell’s, Coors Light, Quizno’s, and many others in virtually every product category. In addition to his coverage of commercials, promos, narrations, audio books and TV affiliate voices, Marc was a pioneer in radio imaging, creating WMA’s radio voice imaging division and going on to represent the finest radio imaging talent in the country from Z-100 and WKTU in New York, to KROQ and KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, and a few thousand more in between. He produced the industry’s first radio imaging CD and a host of others leading up to “Radio Voices: Ultimate Collection”, which featured the “who’s who” in radio imaging.
With an inherent entrepreneurial spirit, he continued to build businesses within the agency. Marc founded the radio broadcast department for William Morris and negotiated groundbreaking deals for clients including Whoopi Goldberg, Candace Bushnell, Rachel Maddow, Nick DiPaolo, and Monica Crowley.
Marc was responsible for signing World Champion Boxer, Floyd Mayweather, landing him his first national network commercial. Over the course of his career, he has negotiated deals for prominent celebrity talent including Martin Short, Jenny McCarthy, Marie Osmond, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Common, Belinda Carlisle, Ivanka Trump, Supernanny Jo Frost, Stuart Scott, Joey Fatone, NY Mets announcer Ron Darling, among many others. Following her run for president, and at Bob Dole’s suggestion, Marc was able to sign Elizabeth Dole, the first ever female candidate to run for president. Marc also signed the world-famous weight-loss institution, Weight Watchers, to the William Morris Agency as a corporate client.
Marc experienced many inspirational moments during his career as an agent. One in particular, was covering a voice-over session with Christopher Reeve and witnessing his relentless passion for perfection despite his physical struggles. Another important accomplishment of Marc’s WMA tenure followed the tragic events of 9/11, where along with management and the William Morris mailroom, Marc spearheaded the production of a tribute video for New York’s fallen firefighters and the Widows and Children’s fund.
Marc had the great pleasure of being part of the successful William Morris Endeavor merger. His entrepreneurial instincts led to the creation of ACM, where he now manages talent on multiple entertainment platforms
Luke DanielsStory Teller Bio
Luke DanielsStory Teller
Luke Daniels is the award-winning performer of over 500 audiobooks. Known for his imaginative storytelling and dynamic characterizations, he has always been a listener favorite. In 2018 Luke was inducted into Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame. With a background in classical theatre, film and education, Luke has performed and taught around the country.
Kimberly BrooksVoice Actor Bio
Kimberly BrooksVoice Actor
Born and raised in Southern California, Kimberly Brooks is an industry proven voiceover dynamo, gaining recognition for her performances on many respected animated shows and interactive video games. In addition to having one of the more sought after commercial voices, Kimberly is also known for her extensive on-air promo work with networks such as NBC, FOX, SoapNet, Investigation Discovery and is currently “the voice” of E! South Africa.
Kimberly has been performing since she was eight years old. Growing with her craft, she became a theater major in college and ultimately leveraged her years of performance experience and got her start in animation voiceover on the cult-classic Nickelodeon show “Rugrats”. She also voiced LUNA the keyboardist/back-up singer for the HEX GIRLS, the eco-goth rock band, featured in “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Some of Kimberly’s more recent animated work can be heard on Disney Jr’s show “Doc McStuffins” playing a dynamic range of characters including Doc’s Mom, Dr. Maisha McStuffins as well as the spunky SURFER GIRL. She can also be heard on Netflix’s reboot of the classic cartoon “Voltron” voicing the brave & honorable PRINCESS ALLURA, on Nickelodeon’s “Winxs Club” voicing the fiendishly wicked STORMY, on Cartoon Network’s show “Steven Universe” as the tough & gritty baddy, JASPER, and on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central show “South Park” as the ethically questionable CLASSI, as well as many other animated shows.
Kimberly’s work in interactive video games includes the “tough-but-fair” ASHLEY WILLIAMS on the beloved “Mass Effect” Series. She can also be heard on the “Batman: Arkham” game series as the ORACLE, as well as the notable roles as DAISY FITZROY in “BioShock Infinte: Burial at Sea” and BAD JUJU in the more recent “Skylanders: Imaginators”.
With a voiceover resume that rounds out with well-known NARRATION performances on shows such as Oxygen’s Killer Couples, Kimberly Brooks is truly a voiceover tour de force.
Khristine HvamAudiobook narratorSAG/AFTRA Bio
Khristine HvamAudiobook narrator
Khristine Hvam is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, director, voice over actress and super mom. You will hear her in TV/Radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably in over 275 audio book titles. Khristine has been honored with three Audio Publishers Association Audie Awards, and seven AudioFile Magazine Earphone Awards for her performances. Khristine is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.
Joe CiprianoVoice Actor Bio
Joe CiprianoVoice Actor
Joe Cipriano began his career as a broadcaster in Waterbury, Connecticut, while still in high school. Since then Joe has worked on the air for the Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS TV and Radio networks, achieving success on and off camera.
For over 25 years now Joe is known as the Original and best known “Voice” of FOX.
For the last 16 years Joe has held a similar position as one of the Signature Voices at CBS.
He also spent two years as the voice of NBC Dramas from 2005 to 2007. Wow, this guy gets around!
In the past several years Joe Cipriano has also been the “live” announcer for many of television’s biggest events such as the prestigious Grammy Awards which is broadcast live from Los Angeles to 195 countries reaching an estimated 1.7 Billion viewers.
Joe has also been the live voice of the 57th, 59th and 60th Annual Emmy Awards broadcasts. Other highlights include “The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards”, “The VH1 Honors”, “GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year Awards”, “Elton John Live” and many other live Television events.
In 1988, the Fox Television Network chose Joe Cipriano to be their “Image Voice”, as the fledgling company attempted to become a bonafide fourth network. With the help of Joe Cipriano as their youthful-sounding voice, Fox was able to establish itself as a winner and today Fox is the Number 1 Television Network in America with adults 18-49.
In 1997 the CBS Television Network looked to Joe to assist in changing its image to attract a younger audience. His voice is closely associated with some of CBS Television’s brightest comedies such as “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “The King of Queens” and today continues to voice promos for “Two and a Half Men”, “Rules of Engagement” and “Mike and Molly.”
In 2005 Joe headed to Burbank for a two-year stint as the Signature voice for NBC dramas including, Heroes, ER, and Law and Order.
Joe continues to voice promos for outlets such as ABC, Blockbuster Ticket, Disney and for years was the signature voice of The Food Network.
He is also heard as the image voice of radio and TV stations all over the country including CW50 Detroit, MY24 Baltimore, Fresh 102.7 New York, WCFS Chicago, Boom 973 Toronto and Star 94-1 San Diego to name just a few.
From 1993 to 2003 Joe served as co-host on the very successful, internationally syndicated radio program, “The World Chart Show.” This weekly two-hour count down show featured the planet’s hottest hits on 250 Radio Stations Worldwide with stories about and interviews with international music stars and celebrities. Talk about good Karma, “The World Chart Show” dedicated itself to generating international support for preservation of the planet’s reefs and rain forests, by joining in a global effort with The Nature Conservancy, a private non-profit organization.
Joe has also filled-in for Casey Kasem on American Top 40 which is heard on top radio stations all across America and Worldwide.
Joe has achieved success on-camera in Hollywood , in commercials with several national spots, and in acting for TV and movies. In 1990, Joe was a co-star in the NBC sitcom, “Knight and Daye” starring Jack Warden, Mason Adams and Hope Lange, produced by Babaloo Mandel and Lowel Ganz.
From 1987 to 1992, Joe produced and hosted two popular shows that aired in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe, Japan . The “LA Express” and “Toyota California Classics” scored record ratings in their time slots and enjoyed a long, successful run on the air in Japan.
Today, Joe and his wife Ann along with their two children live in Bel Air, CA. Joe is an avid tennis player and supporter of the game who lends his time to hosting and MCing benefit tennis events throughout Los Angeles. He is also the Founding Member of the Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab at the SAG Actors Center. The Lab is a tribute to Joe’s good friend Don LaFontaine, who passed away in September of 2008.
In 2010 Joe was awarded the very first Don LaFontaine Legacy Award which recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee. Through the criteria of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, the voting committee agreed that Joe embodies much of Don’s defining legacy.
Gwendoline YeoActress, Musician & Writer Bio
Gwendoline YeoActress, Musician & Writer
Gwendoline is an award winning actress, voice actress, musician and writer.
Gwendoline has voiced over fifty games and cartoons. At ComicCon2016 her character Shinigami in Nickelodean’s Ninja Turtles was launched. Four action figures are based on characters or roles voiced by Gwendoline: Paine from FinalFantasyX2, Cato Parassiti in Clone Wars, X-Men’s Domino & Lady Deathstrike. She was the first female and Asian leads in Socom4 as 45 and Yuma in FarCry4, in which she performed her own motion capture. She has been nominated for 3 BTVA awards – Best Actress for Shinigami, Ensemble in FarCry4 and Batman Dark Knight Returns Part 2.
Gwendoline got her dramatic breakthrough role starring as “Number 3” in the Emmy winning Western Broken Trail about five Chinese girls sold into prostitution in the 1800s which garnered her a NAMIC Vision award nomination for best supporting actress. She was personally selected by multiple Oscar winning Robert Duvall after a worldwide search for the role to star opposite him. Gwendoline’s comedic breakthrough resulted from a very successful recurring guest star role as innocent turned naughty maid Xiao-Mei on Desperate Housewives which led to an offer for a series regular contract the next season.
She recurred on critically acclaimed series American Crime, created and directed by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), as Oklahoma born Sargent “Richelle” alongside a racist mother-in-law portrayed by Felicity Huffman. Gwendoline has guested on other hit shows like NCIS, Greys Anatomy, Castle, The Mentalist and Chuck. She also starred in Emmy nominated American Girl: Ivy & Julie, an Amazon original special. She won two best actress awards for indie feature Heathens & Thieves – Houston International Film Festival and the Iowa Film Festival. She was in movies The Jane Austen Book Club with Emily Blunt & Hugh Dancy, The Magic of Ordinary Days with Keri Russell & Night Skies with AJ Cook & Joe Sikora.
Gwendoline Yeo immigrated from Singapore to San Francisco at eleven. She won Miss Teen Chinatown SF, Miss Asian America & Miss Chinatown USA. She graduated from UCLA Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and has a diploma in piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was discovered by KCRW/NPR executives playing the Chinese Zither at a Chinese New Year party and invited to write, narrate and score her immigrant and ugly duckling journey in a one woman radio show on “The Politics of Culture.” She later turned this into a theatre piece titled “Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open” Both received rave reviews.
Gwendoline designed a sold out clothing line from which proceeds benefitted the Appalachian region in Kentucky.
Gwendoline was honored as Alumna of the year with the UCLA Asia Pacific Alumni Award in 2016
Doug MelvilleChief Diversity OfficerTBWA\Worldwide Bio
Doug MelvilleChief Diversity Officer
Doug Melville is currently Chief Diversity Officer, North America for TBWA\Worldwide.
TBWA creates disruptive ideas expressed through media arts for clients. TBWA is a top ten ranked global advertising agency, with 323 offices in 97 countries and 10,000+ FT employees worldwide.
Since assuming the role of CDO, Melville has lead TBWA efforts in spending > $150mm with MWBEs in the US, increase diversity across the board, and creating a cultural commitment to inclusion. He’s also the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of TBWA’s Disruptor Series podcast – where he has interviewed guests such as Snoop Dogg, Maria Shriver, Mexico President Vicente Fox, Wendy Williams, Al Roker and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang.
Prior to joining TBWA\, Melville was Founder and CEO of RedCarpets.com.
Previously, Doug worked alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson as President of his ad agency, and as VP of his biz dev/marketing team at Magic Johnson Enterprises.
In his past lives Doug was a competitive cheerleader at his alma mater Syracuse University, drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across 48 states, and was a tour manager on the Britney Spears “….baby one more time” tour.
Dave WalshVO CoachLead Judge Bio
Dave WalshVO Coach
DAVE WALSH and WALSH VOICEOVER COACHING offer privates, intensives and workshops that deliver invaluable tools for all levels of performance in commercial, promo, trailer and narration, creative options for career brand identity and specificity as well as a trusted industry perspective.
DAVE WALSH has worked both the executive and creative sides of the entertainment industry in both Hollywood and New York for almost 20 years, first as marketing/research guru and consultant for CBS/Paramount Television, NBC, The Hollywood Reporter, Ad Week/Marketing Week and others. He then took his branding expertise behind the mic, with credits spanning every track of voiceover performance, including campaigns for CBS’ BIG BROTHER, Shell, DirecTV, THE E TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, BIOGRAPHY and AT & T.
WALSH VOICEOVER COACHING sessions are available in person in Los Angeles (or in other cities by special appointment), via Phone, Videoconference or ISDN.
Celia SiegelTalent ManagerCelia Siegel Management Bio
Celia SiegelTalent Manager
Celia Siegel Management
Manager, Brand Builder, Success Strategist and CVO (chief voice officer)
Celia Siegel Management is known for creating strong personal brands for voice talent and marketing those brands to the max-in a way that’s authentic to each voice actor.
No matter where you are in your voiceover career, my team and I can help you make sound business choices and strategize for success. Before founding & building CSM, I was a top West Coast talent agent (CESD). The fact that I am also a certified business and life coach comes in handy in many ways for my clients’ emotional and financial well-being.
I help talent identify when taking classes and auditioning has become a full time job instead of the actual paying work, and how they can fix that by turning activity into a powerful career. My multi-leveled expertise and extensive knowledge of the ever-changing voiceover industry helps voice actors across the globe grow their VO business and take their careers to the next level.
A link to Celia’s Book VO Achiever. https://celiasiegel.com/vo-achiever/
Wes StevensCEO & FounderVOX, Inc. Bio
Wes StevensCEO & Founder
Wes has advocated for talent as a profession since 1994. He started in Columbus, Ohio at a small agency booking variety acts before joining Talent Group, Inc. (TGI) in Los Angeles in 1995 as an assistant. Seven years later, he acquired TGI’s voice-over department and launched VOX, Inc. Wes has represented an array of dynamic names in film, television, social media and music, alongside brands including Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, GE, Apple, Amazon, Farmer’s Insurance, Taco Bell, Dodge and Sprint. His first booking of note was placing David Hyde Pierce in “A Bugs Life,” Ed Asner in “Up” and most recently Craig T. Nelson in the explosively successful “Incredibles 2”. Along that road there have been many campaigns, series, films, fond memories.
Having built the company off the springboard of his specialization in animation and gaming, the company’s success led to diversification into celebrity endorsements and, most recently, launching VOX Social. This division manages 360° strategies for celebrity and influencer social media channels/brands, monetizing influence through syndicated content, branded content creation, and product and vertical development.
Additionally, Wes represents CastBox, the World’s fastest growing pod-cast platform. He currently has over 25 CastBox original programs in production and development from influencers, celebrities, professional athletes and even a casting director.
Wes helps talented people create powerful, equitable, and long-term relationships. He thrills at the opportunity to connect the right talented people with one another.
Wes was born in Virginia. He is a military brat, an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Wes has run seven full marathons from Honolulu to Florence, Italy. He is very involved Amazon Conservation Team and with Best Buddies, a global charity promoting the full integration of individuals with intellectual disabilities into mainstream society. He is passionate about creativity in all its expressions. Wes resides in Los Angeles with his two very affectionate canines, Ms. Penny Fontaine and Mr. Franc N Cents.
Stacey J. AswadVoice Actor / Host / ProducerVO Buzz Weekly Bio
Stacey J. AswadVoice Actor / Host / Producer
VO Buzz Weekly
Robin ArmstrongDirector / ProducerThe Hideout Bio
Robin ArmstrongDirector / Producer
Robin Armstrong is an internationally award-winning film director, voiceover coach, producer, acting teacher, and performer. He has directed, taught and cast voice actors for over 25 years and has produced hundreds of film, television and audio projects and directed more than 1500 VO sessions. As a feature film director, he is winner of the Sundance Film Festival, and has been honored in both BOARDS (Canada) and SHOTS (London) for his artistry in television commercial direction for clients such as Budweiser, Porsche, Sony, AT&T and Chevrolet.
From The Hideout, his recording/teaching studio in Los Angeles, and at sold out teaching events across the US, Robin is sought after for his private coaching, weekend intensives, weekly VO Essentials sessions for emerging talent, and Master Classes for working pros. He also coaches artists worldwide via phone and Skype, and directs the LA VO Pro Workout Groups – the most comprehensive family of pro voiceover workout groups in the nation.
Phil LamarrActor Bio
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater and perhaps is best known as one of the original cast members of “Mad TV” and as “Marvin” in PULP FICTION.
In addition to numerous appearances in films like Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, STEP BROTHERS, FREE ENTERPRISE and REAL STEEL, and TV shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Lucifer” and “Castle;” Phil has been profiled for his extensive voice-over work, which includes regular roles on the animated series “Samurai Jack,” “Futurama,” and “Justice League,” recurring roles on “Family Guy,” “Young Justice” and “STAR WARS: REBELS” and video games including SHADOW OF MORDOR, (for which he won the NAVGTR award for best supporting actor) METAL GEAR SOLID 2 & 4, MERCENARIES, DARKSIDERS, INFAMOUS, DEAD ISLAND, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US and MORTAL KOMBAT X.
His stage work includes productions with The Actor’s Gang, South Coast Repertory and Sacred Fools Theatre, and the award-winning production of “We Are Proud To Present…” at The Matrix Theatre. Phil also portrayed “Cowboy Curtis” in “The Pee-wee Herman Show” both on Broadway and in the Emmy-nominated HBO special.
Currently, In addition to writing and producing the web series “Inside The Legend” (http://www.youtube.com/user/InsideTheLegend)” and the animated series “GOBLINS,”(goblinsanimated.com) Phil is performing monthly with “THE BLACK VERSION” (www.theblackversion.com), appearing on HBO’s “Veep”, Epix’s “Get Shorty,” Netflix’s “Kulipari”, and starring in Tyler The Creator’s animated series, “The Jellies” for Adult Swim.
Pat FraleyPerformer / TeacherPatFraley.com Bio
Pat FraleyPerformer / Teacher
In 1985, he voiced Ace on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Hillbilly Jim on Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. He played Slick the Turtle on ABC‘s The Littles. He later did the voices of Coach Frogface and Sludge on Galaxy High. A versatile voice artist n 1987, Fraley voiced 58 characters on the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Al, Aleister, Army Colonel, Antrax, Billy Jim Bob McJames, Bully, Chakahachi, Clown, Dr. Davens, Electrozapper, Erik/Erk Krang, Casey Jones, Cheese shop owner, Dippy, Dirtbag, Baxter Stockman, Barney Stockman, Gas station worker, The Great Boldini, Jewelry store salesman, Joey, Hans, Zak the Nutrino, Granitor, Burne Thompson, Kazuo Saki, Library security guard, Maitre’d, Malathor, Man with cotton candy, Mr. Reilly, Napoleon Bonafrog, Nasty Krangazoid, Obento, Rich man, Police chief, Policeman, Professor Mindbender, Raptor, Ray, Rodney’s butler, Sailor, Scaredy Krangazoid, Scumbug, Seymour/Security guard, Short criminal, Sergeant O’Flaherty, Shogun, Slash, Smarty Krangazoid, Titanus, Turtle cab driver, Wally cleaver, and Vernon Fenwick.
In the 1980s and 1990s he appeared in guest roles on animated series such as Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Garfield and Friends, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Little Clowns of Happytown, The New Yogi Bear Show, Filmation’s Ghostbusters, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Yo Yogi!, Batman: The Animated Series, Bobby’s World, The Tick, James Bond Jr., The Mask: The Animated Series, The Little Mermaid, and The Angry Beavers.
Pat voiced the title character in BraveStarr, Fireball in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Cousin It in The Addams Family, Max Ray in Ruby Spears’ The Centurions, Lurky, Buddy Blue, On-X and Evil Force in Rainbow Brite, young Scrooge McDuck and Sir Guy Standforth in DuckTales, Gwumpki in Quack Pack, Sniff in Space Cats and as Wildcat in TaleSpin. He also voiced Kyle the Cat on The Tom and Jerry Kids Show and lead character, Marshal Moo Montana in Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa as well as Tuffy Smurf in The Smurfs.
In 2004, Fraley appeared on Nickelodeon‘s My Life as a Teenage Robot and ChalkZone. The following year, he had a minor role in Disney’s animated film The Wild and also voiced Fred’s uncle Karl on an episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. He also had a role on camera as Mr. Harris in ‘Til Death and did voices in the two live-action films The High Crusade and The Fisher King.
Joan BakerActor / Author / TeacherSOVAS™ Bio
Joan BakerActor / Author / Teacher
Joan Baker is the author of Secrets of Voice-Over Success and monthly columnist for Backstage Magazines. Co-host of the biweekly podcast Get Out There featured on Backstage magazine online. She is the co-founder/producer of That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, which is now part of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS™), along with the Voice Arts® Awards.
As a voice actor, Joan has performed hundreds of promos and commercials for TV, film and radio throughout her highly regarded career – including work for ABC News, American Express, ESPN, BLOOMBERG TV and radio, Showtime, HBO, NBA Entertainment, Olay, Lens Express, Sony Music, JP Morgan Chase, Costco, and The New York Times. You could even say that Joan’s talents reach the highest levels of American royalty and deep into the political zeitgeist: She voiced a TV ad campaign for The Muhammad Ali Center and narrated a documentary about the founding of the William Jefferson Clinton Library, now part of the library’s permanent display.
From her Manhattan studio in the Ed Sullivan Building, Joan coaches students in the craft of professional voice acting and voiceover career management, working with students from beginner level to seasoned professional. She provides one-on-one privates session in person and via Skype. Call 212-269-0700 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Everett OliverVoice DirectorMyBoothDirector.com Bio
Everett OliverVoice Director
Everett Oliver is a 24-year veteran in the entertainment industry. He runs his own voiceover company, MY BOOTH DIRECTOR, specializing in audition directing, personal coaching, and career building.
Recently, he was nominated for two SOVAS Awards: Outstanding Animation/Gaming Demo Reel, Best Voiceover; and Outstanding Narration Demo Reel, Best Voiceover.
A former booth director for the AVO talent agency, Everett has worked for such high-profile animated series as Men in Black, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Godzilla, and Hellboy: Sword of Storms, just to name a few. He has worked for Columbia TriStar, Disney, and Film Roman for the WB, ABC, and Syfy.
His experience in voice direction and casting make him one of the most sought-after experts in the industry.
Erin FitzgeraldActor Bio
Erin Fitzgerald has been a professional character actor for over 20 years. Her work focuses mainly in the realm of cartoons, video games and anime. More well-known projects she has worked on include the 3x Emmy winning Ask the Storybots, Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy, Monster High, Ever After High, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Persona 4 Golden, For Honor, many Final Fantasy games, Bleach, Naruto Shippuden, and Sailor Moon.
Her goal in coaching is to help actors find out different ways to create unique characters that they can lose themselves in and fuel their creativity, in this highly competitive market.
Erin also, wrote the ebook “10 Things any Voice Actor will Tell you if They are me” for actors at the very beginning of their journey.
Elaine ClarkActor / Director / Producer Bio
Elaine ClarkActor / Director / Producer
Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.
Dave FennoyVoice Actor / TeacherDaveFennoy.com Bio
Dave FennoyVoice Actor / Teacher
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games.
His promo clients over the years include HULU.COM, ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company. Gamers enjoy his work on STARCRAFT II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Laura Croft Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts”. His various film voices include “Ghost Rider”, “Happy Feet”,and “King’s Ransom”, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.
Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book “Secrets of Voiceover Success” by Joan Baker.
Chuck DuranOwner and Head ProducerWorld Digital Studios Bio
Chuck DuranOwner and Head Producer
World Digital Studios
Chuck Duran the Owner and Head Producer at World Digital Studios and Demos that Rock in Los Angeles, California? – YES!
Can you see him perform all over the world as lead guitarist and co-founder of mash-up band sensation, Rock Sugar? Or if you don’t have plane fare, can you go on YouTube and be one of the millions who watch and listen to Rock Sugar everyday? – YES! and YES!
Is he truly gifted and recognized as LA’s most sought-after voiceover producer and director? – ABSOLUTELY YES!
Does he sing rock and roll songs on the Disney XD’s sitcom, “I’m In The Band”? – HECK YEAH!
Has he produced and directed thousands of commercials for companies such as Nike, Chevrolet and Budweiser, just to name a few?
Why do so many of his clients credit him with helping them land top agents and build successful voiceover careers? – BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!
Has he written and performed songs for award winning television movies and feature films for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Disney? – YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
Why should you watch VO Buzz Weekly with host, Chuck Duran? – BECAUSE HE ROCKS!!!
To learn more about Chuck, visit www.demosthatrock.com.
Chris McGinnActor / TeacherTheChrisMcGinn.com Bio
Chris McGinnActor / Teacher
Chris McGinn is a versatile actress and director best known for her film and television credits
Kidnap with Halle Berry, Synecdoche, NY starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and directed by
Charlie Kauffman, My Own Love Song with Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker, The Silence
of the Lambs, Sweet and Lowdown, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), You Don’t Know
Jack, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Corrections (HBO) and the House of Lies pilot with Don
Her theatre credits are highlighted by the acclaimed Long Wharf production of Camille; a modern
adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic by the British playwright Pam Gems with Kathleen
Turner, Gina Gershon and David Hyde Pierce.
Additional work includes Bringing Out The Dead directed by Martin Scorsese, Mickey Blue
Eyes directed by Hugh Grant, Ed, Law and Order, SVU, Late Night with Conan O’Brien
(NBC), 100 Centre Street (A&E), The Sopranos, Sex and the City (HBO), Wonderland and the
recurring role of “Irma in the Glamourama” on All My Children (ABC).
Chris will next be seen in two Netflix series: Seven Seconds, starring Regina King, which re-
teamed her with director Jonathan Demme, and the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones,
starring Krysten Ritter and directed by Minkie Spiro of Downton Abbey fame. She was recently
directed by Eko’s Sam Barlow in his new interactive web series, WarGames, produced by MGM.
The list of actors and directors Chris McGinn has worked with encompasses many of the top
names in the industry: Chris Cooper, Michelle Williams, Sean Penn, Al Pacino, Julianna Margulies,
James Caan, Christopher Walken, Jodie Foster, Renee Zellweger, Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, Jesse
L. Martin, Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Stanley Tucci, Michael Beach, Tom Cavanaugh, Kate
Burton, Andrew McCarthy, Barry Levinson, Larry Charles, Noah Baumbach, Jane Curtin, Woody
Allen, Jonathan Demme, Timothy Busfield, Eriq LaSalle, Luis Prieto, Halle Berry, Lew Temple,
Matthew Penn, Miles Conner, Steve Schill, Timothy Van Patten, Olivier Dahan, Matthew Weiner,
Ron Daniels and Tom Routman.
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Ms. McGinn earned a Bachelor of Science Education in Theatre,
Speech and English at Truman University in Kirksville, MO. Moving to New York City one week after
graduation, she began her career as a founding member and resident director of two theatre
companies, Pantheon Productions and Yankee Rep. As a member of The Pantheon she directed
and acted in the classic plays Loot, Look Back In Anger and When Ya Comin’ Back, Red
Ryder to critical acclaim. At Yankee Rep, in addition to acting and directing, she co-created an
award winning interactive youth program, The Fork In The Road Players, which toured schools and
non-profit organizations in the five boroughs, tackling the subjects of dating violence and safe sex.
Chris is also a sought-after acting coach and instructor of improvisation, commercial and on-
camera acting for children and adults. On the rare occasions when she’s not working, she spends
her time traveling, rooting for the New York Yankees and working with animals.
Bob BergenVoice Actor / TeacherBobBergen.com Bio
Bob BergenVoice Actor / Teacher
When I was 5 years old I told my parents when I grow up I want to be Porky Pig. My Mother told me Honey, you can’t be Porky Pig. You’re Jewish”
–Opening line of the one man show, Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal!
Two-time Emmy nominated Bob Bergen moved to Los Angeles from Cincinnati when he was 14. Actually, he had no choice. His Dad took a job in LA and relocated the family. But LA is where he wanted to be. As a kid, Bob spent endless hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes, and in particular Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. To his parents dismay, he spent more time working on voices than he did at his school work, though I think they’ve forgiven him by now.
Soon after arriving in LA, Bob began investigating how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons. He spent hours thumbing through the yellow pages, calling every animation studio in town, gathering information on how to break into the voice-over field. Hanna Barbara referred him to Bob Lloyd, who at the time had the only voice casting office in Los Angeles called The Voicecaster. Lloyd referred him to Daws Butler, a legend in animation and well known as the man behind the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Elroy Jetson, and Snagglepuss, to name a few. Daws taught a weekly voice-over workshop, and invited Bob to join the class. Bob also studied voice-over with anyone and everyone in LA offering a workshop, including Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. For the next several years Bob was never out of a class, studying voice-over, as well as improv and acting. He even got the chance to watch his idol, Mel Blanc record a project for Warner Bros.
When he was 18, a good friend of the family had Casey Kasem send Bob an autograph picture for his high school graduation. Bob sent Casey a thank you note, stating he wanted to do voices for cartoons and included his phone number. To his shock Casey phoned Bob and offered his assistance. Casey requested Bob make a home made demo of as many voices as he could. Bob sent Casey a tape of 85 voices which Casey, in turn, gave to Don Pitts, a voice-over agent and one of the nicest guys in the biz. Don signed Bob, and at 18 he was set up with his first agent. Not long after, Bob booked his first cartoon, Spiderman, and His Amazing Friends. He continued his studies with Daws Butler, and for the next 5 years slowly built up his voice-over resume with a variety of cartoons and commercials. To make ends meet, he worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios.
At the age of 23, Bob was able to leave Universal and work full time as an actor. His resume consists of 100s of cartoons, commercials, promos, radio imaging, live award show announcing, and interactive games. In 1990, Bob’s dream came true when he joined a handful of actors who share the job of voicing The Looney Tunes. Over the years, Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series’, including the 2 time Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers, in which Bob received an Annie Award nomination as best voice performer in a television series. In 1991 Bob was asked to play Sylvester Jr., for a radio program called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Soon after, he was thrilled to be invited to a reception at the White House in appreciation for his participation in Mrs. Bush’s literacy program.
Bob added game show host to his resume after landing the job of emcee on Jep!, the kid’s version of the classic game show Jeopardy!. For ten years, Bob worked as the grandstand host at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. His job consisted of spending two hours prior to the parade warming up an audience of literally hundreds lined up and down Sunset Boulevard, entertaining, schmoozing and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Throughout the parade, he had the privilege of interviewing some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars as they traveled down the streets of Hollywood in floats and vintage cars. The Grand Marshall in Bob’s first parade was James Stewart, and Bob was honored to have the opportunity to meet and interview this legendary actor. Over his years with the parade Bob got the chance to interview some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Halle Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed McMahann, Steve Allen and Mickey Rooney to name a few.
Bob was invited to teach his animation voice-over workshop at Judy Carter’s California Comedy Conference in Palm Springs. This whirlwind weekend consisted of up and coming comics showcasing to various show biz movers and shakers. Through connections he made at this conference, Bob put together a one man show. After a one time “trial” performance in Burbank, he was asked by Ken Kragen, who managed Kenny Rogers, to be the opening act for Rogers’ summer tour throughout California and Oregon. Upon returning from the tour, Bob showcased his one man show at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. Producer Ed Gaynes offered to produce the show commercially at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in NOHO. Bob Bergen, Not Just Another Pretty Voice opened to great reviews and ran for 3 months. It was revived again in 2007, playing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico, as well as Las Vegas, and a 6 week run at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood. A new version entitled Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal! has toured in NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago. It’s currently taking bookings in theaters throughout the country. In 2017 Bob began his 30th year teaching his animation voice-over workshop workshop in Los Angeles as well as weekend intensives throughout the US and Canada.
Bob’s voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Geico, Petsmart, Publix, Albertsons. His promo resume includes Disney Channel, NBC, FOXKids. He’s the imaging branding voice for radio stations throughout the US. Animated features include Tangled, TinkerBell, Spirited Away, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, Cars, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, Wall-E, to name a few. He voices Luke Skywalker for LucasArts interactive games, as well as all 3 Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. He’s supplied special vocal effects for dozens of films, including Gremlins, Army of Darkness, Dunsten Checks In, Fright Night 2, Honey, I Blew up the Kid, Santa Clause 2 & 3, He’s an Annie Award nominee for Porky Pig/Cadet in the Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers. In 2011 he stars as Porky Pig in Cartoon Network’s new series The Looney Tunes Show.
Bob has been an active member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1994, He’s a 2 time volunteer Big Brother, and was honored as the 2007 Jewish Big Brother of the Year.
Nancy CartwrightActor / Producer / PhilanthropistVoice of Bart Simpson Bio
Nancy CartwrightActor / Producer / Philanthropist
Voice of Bart Simpson
J. Michael CollinsVoice Actor / Demo ProducerJMCvoiceover.com Bio
J. Michael CollinsVoice Actor / Demo Producer
DINA BEHARVP Business DevelopmentSPG Studios Bio
DINA BEHARVP Business Development
Dina Behar – Vice President, Business Development for SPG Studios:
A Business Development Executive who excels at driving business, she establishes new revenue streams and enhances client relationships within the international media and entertainment industry. With more than a decade of experience, she helps companies localize their video content, so they can optimize their global reach and maintain their brand integrity internationally. Being part of a professional community that enriches the lives of global audiences is one of the highlights of her career.
BOB BUCHHOLZOwner / Voice DirectorSpliced Bread Productions Bio
BOB BUCHHOLZOwner / Voice Director
Spliced Bread Productions
Bob Buchholz – Owner and Voice Director of Spliced Bread Productions.
An American voice actor, writer, story editor, and voice director, Bob’s talents are numerous. He has provided voices and direction for anime and video games.
Bob started out as an actor and VO actor, then organically grew into the world of directing. He worked for 4 years as a producer for “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” where he received recognition for his commitment to the show. He won an Emmy award as a producer for NFL Films, and has worked on numerous anime over the years such as “Ghost in the Shell” “Cowboy Bebop” & “Outlaw Star.” His more recent shows include “Devilman Crybaby,” “Violet Evergarden,” “Knights of Sidonia”, Ajin, & “Blam”.
AZUSA MATSUDADirector, Industry RelationsSPJA Bio
AZUSA MATSUDADirector, Industry Relations
Director of Industry Relations at Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)
FERENC LACZKOTalent AgentSBV Talent Bio
FERENC LACZKOTalent Agent
Ferenc Laczko is a talent agent at Sutton, Barth and Vennari (SBV Talent) one of the industry’s leading commercial talent agencies representing celebrity, voiceover and on-camera actors led by Rita Vennari. His areas of specialties include commercial, interactive and animation voiceover.
Ferenc has the privilege of working with Hollywood’s most acclaimed talent on numerous high profile commercial, film, television and interactive projects for studios such as Disney, Lucasfilm, Fox, Nickelodeon, Activision, Electronic Arts, Blizzard, Cartoon Network as well as commercial accounts for Lexus, T-Mobile (English and Español), Mazda (English and Español), Kia (Español), Progressive Insurance, McDonald’s, and Nike to name just a select few.
Previous to joining SBV Talent, Ferenc was an agent at the celebrity boutique firm Independent Artists Agency and made agent in 2009 at the full service theatrical agency, Diverse Talent Group. He began his career in the mailroom at Abrams Artists Agency, after completing an internship at Fox 2000.
Ferenc grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, the only child of a Peruvian mother and Hungarian father– a total byproduct of Globalization. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara double majoring in Global Studios and Law and Society. Ferenc also likes to travel (20 countries and counting!) and experience new cultures. He strongly believes something magical happens when artists perform in their element with passion and authenticity!
CHRISTIAN LANZVoice Actor Bio
CHRISTIAN LANZVoice Actor
With a celebrated voice acting career spanning multiple Emmy-winning animated series, Oscar-winning films, record-grossing video game titles and thousands of commercials, network promos, and movie trailers in both English and Spanish, Mexico City native and four-time Voice Arts Award winner Christian Lanz is one of the most versatile and sought-after bilingual voice actors working today.
Animation fans will recognize Christian as the voice of the vain and scheming Chancellor Esteban on Disney’s Emmy-winning TV series “Elena of Avalor”, as well as Puss from DreamWorksTV’s “Epic Cat Battles with Puss in Boots”, roles which earned him two consecutive Voice Arts Award wins for Outstanding TV Animation.
A 2018 Golden Trailer nominee for best voiceover, Christian also serves as the live announcer and voice of The Daytime Emmy Awards, The LA Emmy Awards, The American Cinematheque Awards, The TV Land Awards, and Hallmark Channel’s Hero Dog Awards.
He resides with his wife and two sons in Los Angeles, CA.
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor Bio
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor
One of the most versatile and prolific voice actors working today, Sylvia Villagran, two time Voice Arts Award® nominated, is one of the top female voices for TV network promos, live award shows, national commercial campaigns and narration.
Sylvia has broken the glass ceiling for women in promos for decades and currently lends her promo voice to NBC, CBS, TCM, the CW and the Disney Channel.
Sylvia is the voice for some of the most iconic award shows, including the Critics Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, Teen Choice Awards, AFI tributes, Writer’s Guild Awards and the historic 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Sylvia has also narrated Emmy Award winning and critically acclaimed shows on ABC TBS, TNT, AMC and E! Most recently narrating the historic TV bio of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.
Her national commercial campaigns include Samsung, Verizon, Colgate and Payless.
Sylvia also happens to do the same thing in Spanish.
JENNIFER TRUJILLOCasting DirectorDisney Bio
JENNIFER TRUJILLOCasting Director
Jennifer Trujillo joined Walt Disney Television Animation in 2010 as a casting coordinator, cutting her teeth on series like “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil,” “Motorcity,” and “Tron: Uprising.” She has since risen to her current role as manager of casting, where she currently handles the creative casting and talent booking for multiple series on Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior, including “Elena of Avalor,” “Mickey Mouse Shorts,” and “Vampirina.” Jennifer was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on “Elena of Avalor.” Jennifer recently won a Daytime Emmy award for her work on “Elena of Avalor.”
CARLI SILVERCasting DirectorSound and Fury Casting Bio
CARLI SILVERCasting Director
Sound and Fury Casting
Carli Silver joined Sound and Fury after several years as a commercial voiceover agent at one of New York and LA’s premiere talent agencies. Her experience finding and nurturing voice talent for commercials, animation and promos brings a uniquely qualified ear to our team. Not only does she know a great voice when she hears one, she’s developed the expertise to direct the best performance possible. As a frequent guest director and voiceover coach in both NY and LA, she continues to cultivate voice over careers for some of the most established talent on both coasts. Her in-depth knowledge of SAG-AFTRA contracting and tenacious attention to detail ensures all projects are executed flawlessly for our clients. Carli has a BFA from Syracuse University. She loves her work, her husband and her son Landon. She also loves a nice glass of Rosé and meeting new people – if possible, everything at the same time.
JB BLANCActor and Voice Director Bio
JB BLANCActor and Voice Director
JB Blanc (Official Juror of the 2017
Voice Arts® Awards)
JB has been an actor and director for 25 years since graduating from London’s Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, working in all aspects of the business, including Motion Capture, Voice Acting, Film, Television, Radio and Theatre. He has worked on over 160 Video Game titles as Director and Actor including: Mafia III (Voice Director), XCOM 2 (Voice Director), Lego Dimensions (Voice Director), Game Of Thrones, Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Voice Director and Actor), Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham (Voice Director and Actor) Bane in Batman: Arkham Origins, 3 Uncharted games, Wildstar, Evolve, Elder Scrolls, Call Of Duty, Skylanders, Titanfall, Final Fantasy, Knack, Assassin’s Creed, Transformers, Saints’ Row IV, XCOM, Fuse, Metal Gear Rising, World Of Warcraft, Darksiders, Diablo III, Street Fighter and many more. His Animation work includes Dragons: Race To The Edge, Alfred in Beware The Batman, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers Assemble!, Turbo Fast, Scooby-Doo, Pickle And Peanut, The Regular Show, Trip Tank, Peter Rabbit and more. Film and TV work includes Arms And The Dudes, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Pirates Of The Carribean, Tristan And Isolde, Hulk, Masters Of Sex, The Brink, Breaking Bad, Shameless, CSI: NY, Burn Notice, Vegas, Nikita, Cold Case, The Unit, Prison Break, NYPD Blue and others.
NATALIA HENCKERExec. ProducerHenckahontas Studio VO and Dubbing Bio
NATALIA HENCKERExec. Producer
Henckahontas Studio VO and Dubbing
For over two decades, Nathalia Hencker has thrived in the entertainment industry as the voice of actresses like Salma Hayek, Vanessa Williams, Octavia Spencer, Shailene Woodley and Amy Schumer.
Born and raised in Colombia, Nathalia began at an early age her professional career as a fashion model, attended school for advertising and graphic design and sand on stages for crowds in Colombia with the band Climax. Upon moving to the United States, Nathalia received firsthand exposure to the world of voice-over acting. Among her most prominent casting coups are the voices of Walt Disney’s Pocahontas and Wilma Flintstone. Her voice is heard daily via Secondary Audio Program Technology (SAP) in the acclaimed soap Bold and The Beautiful as the voice of Brooke Logan, as well as Xiomara in Jane the Virgin. Nathalia has also been casting, producing and directing dubbing out of her own studio for multiple projects that range from infomercials, industrial videos and movies, to the most recent popular series on Netflix Bojack Horseman and Flaked. Nathalia can also be heard over the airwaves promoting several of the world’s leading commercial franchises on a regular basis, most notably McDonnald’s, Wells Fargo, Pantene and Honda among others.
TINA MORASCOCasting directorSound and Fury Casting Bio
TINA MORASCOCasting director
Sound and Fury Casting
MARYLYNN WISSNERCasting DirectorVoices Voicecasting Bio
MARYLYNN WISSNERCasting Director
Since, 1990 Mary Lynn and her award winning company, Voices Voicecasting,in Los Angeles, has cast thousands and thousands of voice talent
in thousands and thousands of voiceover productions. From the Clio winning CHEVRON TALKING CARS to the 13 part HISTORY, THE COLOR OF WAR to
CHRYSLER, RADIO SHACK, CHIQUITA, FIAT, TACO BELL, COCA-COLA, TOYOTA, LEGOS, WALGREENS, KLEENEX, US ARMY, SONY, 7-11, TECATE, CLOROX, JEEP, MATTEL, LEAP PAD (just to name a few)… to several feature films, animation series and video games, audio books and narrations. Also,
casting voices for E-Learning, Promos and IVR…whatever voice request is needed, Mary Lynn has found the voice for it! In addition to her successful casting career, Mary Lynn has continued to direct workshops, coach, consult and direct talent all across the world.
Her popular MEET THE AGENT and MEET THE PRO events introduce talent to leaders in our industry. In 2014, Mary Lynn created the THE VOICE OVER SELF DIRECTION APP. The app for the iPhone,iPad, and Android devices guides talent to the perfect read, right at their fingertips and right in their home booth! Talent, producers, ad execs and creatives all know that when you work with Mary Lynn, you work with someone who loves what she does and brings that love and expertise to any production, studio or workshop!
VANESSA LOZANOExecutive ProducerTono Studios Bio
VANESSA LOZANOExecutive Producer
JILL KERSHAWCasting DirectorSound and Fury Casting Bio
JILL KERSHAWCasting Director
Sound and Fury Casting
Jill Kershaw is a leading audio and voicecasting specialist with nearly 20 years experience directing and producing audio content for global advertising campaigns. After leaving Crispin Porter + Bogusky as the Director of Radio Production in 2009, she founded Sound and Fury as a way to unite her passion for storytelling, her keen ear for what resonates with consumers, and her ability to shape the success of a brand through the medium of sound. As a creative, she is inspired by the intersection of culture and ideation, and fueled by the belief that brands have the power to move us toward our better selves and the greater good. In addition to teaching voiceover workshops and serving as a panelist for the Radio Advertising Bureau, Jill has been a jury member for many prominent award shows including the Cannes Festival of Creativity, Clio Awards, London International Awards, One Show, Clear Channel Excellence in Advertising Awards, and Radio Mercury Awards. Outside of the recording studio, she is a certified yoga and instructor who devotes much of her time to non-profit organizations by developing volunteer opportunities for advertising and entertainment professionals.